American Conservation Experience - Member
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Palm Springs, CA, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary:
American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California Desert District Office is seeking One Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan (DRECP) Implementation Support Intern to dedicate 30 weeks to supporting implementation of the DRECP in development and landscape conservation projects that balances BLM multiple use principles. "The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is a major component of California's renewable energy planning efforts that will help provide effective protection and conservation of desert ecosystems while allowing for the appropriate development of solar, wind and geothermal energy projects."

 

Start Date: ASAP (Flexible for the right candidate)

End Date: 30 weeks from start date
*a 30-week commitment is required*

 

Physical Location:
Palm Springs. California (Out of the Palm Springs South Coast Field Office)

 

The mission of the California Desert District (CDD) of the Bureau of Land Management is to protect the natural, historic, recreational and economic riches of the beautiful California Desert for generations to come. California is a state wealthy with resources and natural beauty, but this beauty can quickly disappear if not properly taken care of. The California Desert District is responsible for protecting and preserving nearly 11 million acres of California's natural heritage.

 In 1976, The United States Congress created the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA), which covers nearly one quarter of the State. As one of the government's primary authorities for the management of public lands, the Bureau of Land Management - through the California Desert District - acts as steward for 10.4 million acres of this 26-million-acre preserve. In an effort to provide the most benefit to the most people, while preserving one of the west's most rugged and awe inspiring landscapes, the CDD developed a balanced, multiple-use plan to act as a guide for the management of this vast expanse of land. The plan, completed in 1980 with the help of the public, divides the desert into multiple-use classes. These classes were created in order to define areas of in critical need of protection, while allowing for the use and development of less-vital swaths of desert.

In addition to the lands under the CDCA, The DRECP covers a portion of the Bishop and Bakersfield Field Offices in BLM's Central California District.  The CDD is divided into five resource areas, governed by field offices in Ridgecrest, Palm Springs/South Coast, El Centro, Barstow and Needles. The CDD currently has over 200 full time employees.

 

What is DRECP? (Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan)

The purpose of the DRECP is to conserve and manage plant and wildlife communities in the desert regions of California while facilitating the timely permitting of compatible renewable energy projects. The DRECP is a collaborative effort being developed under the California Natural Community Conservation Planning Act (NCCPA) and the Federal Endangered Species Act (FESA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA).

 

Project Website:  For more information about the BLM, please visit www.blm.gov

For more information regarding the DRECP, please visit http://www.drecp.org/ ; http://drecp.org/faqs/DRECP_FAQs.pdf ; or https://www.blm.gov/programs/planning-and-nepa/plans-in-development/california/desert-renewable-energy-conservation-plan.

For more information regarding American Conservation Experience: www.usaconservation.org

  

Compensation: 
Intern will earn a $500/wk. Living Stipend/Allowance for all food/incidentals. Housing is not provided by ACE or the BLM.

 

Position Description:
The CDD has a DRECP Implementation Coordinator on staff will that will support the Intern in providing experiences for their career and educational benefit. This will be accomplished by Intern's opportunities to gain experience, learn about public lands, further their understanding and appreciation of natural and cultural resources, and pique their interest in land use planning and BLM careers. From this, Intern will gain an increased appreciation and understanding of our public lands and of the value of public service, and are likely to become life-long advocates for those values. This opportunity will be providing support to the CDD DRECP implementation coordinator across the entire plan area.

The successful intern will assist the DRECP implementation coordinator with the CDD's implementation of the DRECP, which covers approximately 22.5 million areas of public land in seven southern California counties. Work will almost entirely be in an office setting with occasional trips to field offices for meetings.  Some opportunity for field visits may occur. Office work will include, but not limited to:

  • Assisting the DRECP implementation coordinator in development of an implementation strategy;
  • Development of policy, guidance, and interpretation;
  • Meeting with field offices to assist their implementation;
  • Review of project National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents to ensure land use plan conformance;
  • Development of mitigation, monitoring, and adaptive management strategies.

The participant will interact with field- to senior-level staff and managers on a routine basis and will gain briefing skills.  Occasionally the participant may interact with executives.  Depending on the participant's interest and skills, experience in geographical information systems could be gained.

 

Qualifications:
Applicants must have a minimum of or in progress of an undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management, Botany, Biology, Land Law and Wilderness Management, Land Use Panning/Policy, Environmental Science, or other related discipline appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the position description.  We are looking for determined, confident individuals with the desire to further develop and expand on their skill sets and who are looking for experience working with land management agencies.

The Intern will be duty-stationed in Palm Springs California and will be mentored by the DRECP implementation coordinator who is a California Desert District Office (CDD) employee. 

This opportunity will require time outdoors and field work that is often under somewhat rigorous physical conditions.  Applicants must also meet the following criteria: 1). Pass a DOI security background check 2). Valid Driver's License 3). Pass Defensive Driving Course.

 

Requirements:

  • Internship is available to US Citizens.
  • Intern must be 18-35 years of age at time of hire.
  • A valid driver's license and a clean driving record are required (documentation to be provided upon request). Driving of agency rig may be required during internship.
  • A personal vehicle is not required, but highly encouraged for personal time.
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.
  • Must be willing and able to perform the above fieldwork and project duties as listed above
  • Applicants are expected to be HIGHLY motivated and on occasion, be able to perform assigned duties with little direct supervision
  • Strong background or interest in Land Management and Federal Policy
  • Comfortable and Able to partake in office based work including but not limited to long time computer use, answering/making phone calls, attending meetings (internal/public), writing reports and completing research, as well as sitting for up for 8 hrs. a day.
  • Highly organized.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals on often technical legal or resource topics
  • Basic understanding of NEPA and planning
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and participate effectively in collaborative efforts
  • Detail orientated with an interest in federal land management actions along with a respect for nature.
  • English proficiency

The Interns must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing. 

 

To Apply: Please submit a COVER LETTER, RESUME, and THREE PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES.

 

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received.  If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Melissa Early, at mearly@usaconservation.org or 801-573-8984

 

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